2019 373 Group Awards celebrate unsung heroes image

2019 373 Group Awards celebrate unsung heroes

Over 100 businesses attended the 373 Group’s sell out 2019 Awards evening at Escot House, all there to celebrate the achievements of so many unsung business heroes.  Escot House was transformed into the epicentre of networking vitality, as all in attendance waited in anticipation for the 10 Awards of the friendliest networking group in the South West. 

In addition to Sleep expert, Stephanie Romiszewski, from Channel Four’s ‘The Secret of Sleep’, who fascinated all with her insights, there were inputs from Pete's Dragons Founder, Alison Jordan, and some vibrant networking. 


Once again, the 2019 Awards were sponsored by Griffin Chartered Accountants. Misty Nickells, Partner and co-founder of Griffin, stressed that the awards are one of the few that “recognise the hard work of all companies, from those starting up to those who have been in business for years, they acknowledge and reward the challenges of all business at any level”.


Once again, the awards evening was bigger than ever, with over 250 businesses and individuals nominated.  For the first time, this year’s Awards Evening included a Highly Commended award, to commemorate the “great quality of this year’s nominations” as Tom Hope the co-founder of the 373 Group, explained.


Chris Lorimer, co founder of the 373 Group, summed up neatly, "It was a cracking evening with laughter, tears and lots of inspiration.  Small business in the South West is vibrant, innovative and passionate - and the 373 Group is delighted to provide the forum to celebrate it."


Best Online Presence

Highly Commended – Becky Bettesworth

Winner – Casual Media Ltd 


Best Sole trader/ Micro Business

Highly Commended – Jessica Crowley

Winner – Samosa Lady


Best Retail Business

Highly Commended – The Recycled Candle Company

Winner – Womb To Grow


Best Rural Business

Highly Commended – Mark 1 Conversions

Winner – The Bear Trail (a second time winner after scooping the Best Start-up in 2017)


Best Venue

Highly Commended – The Bayleaf Café

Winner – Froginwell Vineyard


Best Professional Service

Highly Commended – Chilcotts Auctioneers

Winner – Sue Cade, In the Right Order


Best Start-Up

Highly Commended – Nourish Zero Waste

Winner – Midleydown Glamping


Greatest Social Impact 

Highly Commended – CPRE Devon

Winner – Life Chance Education


Top 373 Group Person

Highly Commended – Alison Jordan, Pete’s Dragons

Winner – Rachel Buckley, The Family Law Company


Best Company

Winner – Dartmoor Brewery